Business Development and Growth

New York, United States


WaitWhat — the joyful startup of former TED executives June Cohen and Deron Triff — is a media invention company committed to creating highly-differentiated, premium content that changes the cultural landscape. Where most media companies focus on a specific genre, format or demographic, WaitWhat is betting on a strategy aimed at creating diverse content experiences that scale across mediums; designing media properties whose value builds over time; and eliciting the “contagious emotions” of awe, wonder, curiosity and mastery.

WaitWhat’s inaugural media properties include the critically acclaimed podcast Sincerely, X, the 2018 Webby Award-winning podcast Masters of Scale, and it’s newest series, Should This Exist?. Once we establish a property’s "first format”, we begin to scale it horizontally by building out an ecosystem of adjacent media products and experiences.

Having recently closed our Series A round of funding with the backing of some of the most treasured, amiable independent investors and venture funds around, we’re building out a team that’s as diverse as it is creative — bright talented storyteller-inventors who share the desire to create the very best media experiences in the world. In doing so, we’re channeling our energy to fulfill what we believe is the greatest need of our time: to feel lit up and alive. Everything we produce will have those “wait, what?’ moments that spark your curiosity and change your understanding of the world. We believe in harnessing the energy around us — from partners, from colleagues, from the wider culture — to accelerate our work.

WaitWhat is founded upon a culture of possibility-thinking, courageous experimentation, originality, integrity and diversity. A diverse team — along the dimensions of gender identity, ethnicity, religion, native language, sexual orientation, age, ability, learning style and other factors — is not merely the right thing to do, but essential to telling richer stories, reaching wider audiences and creating media properties that thrive in the modern world. We believe that supreme kindness, tolerance, honesty, humility, and “yes and...” style conversations produce a flourishing, joyful and valuable organization. Join us!

Your role is clear: help us grow and connect more deeply with our audiences through extremely well put together collaborations with like-minded organizations that can bring even greater scale and impact for the media we bring into the world. You will work with Deron in building, stewarding and super-serving partners to hold them fully accountable to delivering their commitments with excellence in ways that are supportive, energizing and life affirming — making them a hero in their own story, not just ours.

The role will involve: (a) keeping track of an extensive amount of tactical details that are the building blocks of larger strategies, (b) ensuring nothing falls through the cracks, (c) habitually observing what’s working (and not working), (d) optimizing performance based upon what data is telling us, (e) anticipating and confidently surfacing issues the moment they arise, (f) proposing solutions and workarounds, and (g) remaining calm and confident throughout it all -- across a multiplying number of partnerships. You must love start-up culture (i.e., managed chaos and burning fires don’t throw you), have the DNA of an inventor to imagine collaborations that others cannot see (yet!), and be ready to work fast and hard without compromising quality. Read on if you’re still feeling courageous.




This is a FT position, based in downtown Manhattan. We offer a generous benefits package that’s competitive with larger companies (We believe in taking care of our team.) We work long hours, but we also rest. (Our whole company closes for 2 weeks in the summer and the week between Christmas and the New Year, so we can recharge). We’re committed to 50/50 gender balance, and diversity of all kinds — in our media properties, among our investors and on our team: women, minorities and anyone with an unconventional background are strongly encouraged to apply. Also, we only hire extremely nice people.

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